Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by elliespad, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. elliespad

    elliespad Member

    Check my profile picture after you are done reading this.

    > This one's a tear jerker, so be ready for it.
    > A very powerful message!
    > A Simple Thank You
    > Last week, while traveling to Chicago on
    > business,
    > I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not
    > put
    > two and two together. After we boarded our flight, I turned to the
    > sergeant, who'd been invited to sit in First Class (across from me),
    > and
    > inquired if he was heading home.
    > No, he responded.
    > Heading out I asked?
    > No. I'm escorting a soldier home.
    > Going to pick him up?
    > No. He is with me right now. He was killed
    > in
    > Iraq . I'm taking him home to his family.
    > The realization of what he had been asked to
    > do
    > hit
    > me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me
    > that,
    > although he didn't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his
    > passing to the soldier's family and felt as if he knew them after many
    > conversations in so few days. I turned back to him, extended my hand,
    > and
    > said, Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I
    > can
    > do
    > what we do.
    > Upon landing in Chicago the pilot stopped
    > short
    > of
    > the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom.
    > "Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note
    > that
    > we
    > have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the United States
    > Marine
    > Corps join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back
    > home
    > to his family. I ask that you please remain in your seats when we
    > open
    > the forward door to allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his
    > fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign."
    > Without a sound, all went as requested. I
    > noticed
    > the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and
    > his
    > action made me realize that I am proud to be an American.
    > So here's a public Thank You to our military
    > Men
    > and Women for what you do so we can live the way we do.
    > signed: Stuart Margel -- Washington , D.C.
    > Also, here are two very touching photos
    > honored
    > at this years International Picture of the Year.
    > First Place, Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News
    > When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrivedat
    > the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and
    > draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family
    > gather
    > on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine's casket
    > last year at Denver International Airport , Major Steve Beck described
    > the scene as so powerful: "See the people in the windows? They sat
    > right
    > there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's
    > going
    > through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him
    > home," he said. "They will remember being on that plane for the rest of
    > their lives. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And
    > they should."
    > Second Place, Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News
    > The night before the burial of her husband's
    > body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep
    > next
    > to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking
    > in
    > the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her
    > laptop
    > computer and played songs that reminded her of 'Cat,' and one of the
    > Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she
    > slept. "I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it," she
    > said. "I
    > think that's what he would have wanted."
  2. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Thank you for sharing, I also am proud to be an American, and very proud of our men and women who join the military.

    May the Lord be with all our military, and their families untill this war is over........

    Shalom, Shirl